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Creative Beginnings An Introduction to Jazz Improvisation

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ISBN-10: 0133454630

ISBN-13: 9780133454635

Edition: 1st 1997

Authors: Scott D. Reeves

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Motivating beginners to improvise from the start, this comprehensive approach to jazz improvisation offers discussions of jazz theory, exercises based on scales and chords, and jazz compositions suitable for classroom or ensemble performance to help develop facility in jazz improvisation. This complete approach to learning jazz improvisation discusses how a particular chord and scale are used in jazz improvisation; applies exercises based on that particular scale and chord, and; transposes materials for concert pitch treble clef, B-flat, E-flat and bass clef instruments, making it useable for a jazz ensemble as well as private instruction. Integrating inspirational quotes by major artists between each section to motivate readers and convey a deep truth about why we play music, it gives instruction on how to practice, how to construct an improvised solo, and how to tap into our creative potential, and provides an overview of who to listen to, with a short biography of selected major artists by instrument. The importance of rhythm and jazz articulations is discussed, and readers are provided with specific exercises to help them develop a jazz rhythmic concept. All musical terms are defined, highlighted, and indexed, and a play-along compact disc containing rhythm section accompaniments to all exercises and compositions is included. For professional musicians and music stores that employ private music teachers.
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Book details

List price: $91.00
Edition: 1st
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 12/2/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Getting Started
How to Practice and Improvise
Whom to Listen To
Jazz Rhythms
Improvising in Major Keys
Major Scales and Major 7th Chords
Mixolydian and Bebop 7th Scales and Dominant 7th Chords
Dorian Scales and Minor 7th Chords
The ii - V - I Progression
Forms
The Blues Form and the Blues Scale
Sectional Forms and Rhythm Changes
Improvising in Minor Keys
The I Chord in Minor; Melodic, Harmonic, and Natural Minor Scales
The ii - V - I Progression in Minor; Locrian and Superlocrian Scales
Other Scales
Pentatonic Scales
Diminished Scales and Diminished Chords
Music Theory
Basic Music Theory
Jazz Theory
Index